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    SMOKY AMETHYST QUARTZ with "BUBBLE"
    Tafelkopf, Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia

    The lava flows of the Tafelkopf (Table Mountain) cover a significant amount of the desolate Goboboseb Mountains of Namibia. The nearby Brandberg Mountain also produces Quartz crystals and so there is a tendency to mix up the two locations, even though the specimens are somewhat different in appearance. Tafelkopf specimens, like this one, tend to be found as loose crystals and only rarely are they seen on matrix. This Tafelkopf specimen is a sampler for the locality, showing three different colors (colorless, smoky, and amethystine purple) wafting through various sections of the crystals: creating patterns and phantoms. The primary crystal is a scepter with fensters - German for 'windows.' It has a hidden surprise - a "bubble" inclusion made of fluid trapped inside the crystal! The scepter measures 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) in length. There are four additional crystals with double terminations. Several of the crystals display silvery 'negative crystals.' All five crystals making up this unusual group are in excellent condition with brilliant luster and interesting growth features.
    Overall Measurements: 3.33 x 2.55 x 1.77 inches (8.47 x 6.48 x 4.52 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel #D2212]


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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